Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Duet | Alpine Beer Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
851 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A West Coast IPA that features Amarillo and Simcoe hops "in harmony," giving a light, floral aroma. Duet is nicely bitter with the perfect amount of malt concealed behind the hoppy goodness. Immensely drinkable, amazingly light on its feet.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 851 | Ratings: 4,219
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 8.00/22 oz bottle + $ 2.68 shipping = $ 0.483/oz from Blackwell’s Wines and Spirits, SF CA
Bomber BB 12 May 16 at 42 degrees into JK hand washed and dried snifter
Aroma of citrus
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to irregular three to six mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing excellent – wide curtains with tiny to medium bubbles and some legs
Body light orange, clear
Flavor lightly citrus and slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

 599 characters

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange transparent body, with off white head and some lacing.

S - Strong floral note, along with sharp dank notes.

T - The taste is punchy bitterness, sharp and full of resin and lemon, pith and grapefruit, with a spicy middle and a relatively mild bitter close.

M - Some drying, but mild.

O - A nice, burly IPA that manages to land lightly on the tongue.

 368 characters

Photo of Biggtriksta
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This accidentally became my 1,000th beer after I had it on tap and realized what number I was up to. Fortunately, it was not a bad one to celebrate with. Much like some of Alpine's other hoppy offerings, Duet has the classic look and feel of a west coast style IPA. Strong bitterness balanced by medium-range alcohol content and a sticky mouthfeel.

 348 characters

Photo of TBoneJones
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-copper body, somewhat thin in appearance, with active bubbles and a great white sudsy head.
Smells like a perfumy bouquet of floral, citrus, fruity hops.
Tastes fruity and hoppy, earthy too. Pine. Complex. Mineral, clean dry finish with bitterness that lingers.
Feels crisp and medium-thin. Lower carbonation, but the peppery bite and sharp bitter finish work well enough for this style.
This is a terrific IPA with lots going on. Break out the aged cheddar.

 477 characters

Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 oz into a shaker pint

Pours a clear honey orange color. Smells of pungent hops, slight fruitiness, blossom honey, nectarine, citrus oil, slightly perfume like as well. Very nice. Taste reflects the smell perfectly. Initial floral taste leads into a citrus sweetness and bitterness, leading into an almost honey like sweetness. Citrusy bitterness lingers after the drink. Feel is lighter, slightly fluffy, while being amply carbonated. It compliments the flavor profile excellently. Overall, this is an excellent with great floral citrus aspects that make this an absolute delight to drink.

 607 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of citrus and pine up front, with some floral notes in there as well. Malt is lightly bready with some sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and pine notes, followed by some sweet bready malts and the floral notes. Bitterness kicks in with the malt and lingers into the finish. Finishes with some floral notes and the bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sharp

O: A very solid IPA that is quite easy to drink and nicely balanced. Just enough perceived bitterness as well. Certainly worth trying out

 669 characters

Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass. Clear dark-golden color with a frothy white head. Good retention. Aromas of pine, earth, orange and grapefruit. I tasted the Simcoe notes first- earthy and piney- followed by floral and cirtus tones. A big malt backbone but not sweet. Well-balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. Clean finish.

 314 characters

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a mix of copper and banana glow in a glass. Nothing special; nothing unique. It's on par. The head is minimal, and it offers sparse lacing during your enjoyment. It smells of compost, rustic wood engravings, citrus, and dying grapefruit. Taste is pretty good, as the reflex from the nose offers a quaint balance belied by the notorious Alpine malt backbone. GF or not, they got this characteristic down to a science. Hoppy Birthday and Nelson feature the same baseline flavor profile. The feel is acidic, crisp, and it lingers for the proper duration. A very nice IPA.

 576 characters

Photo of puck1225
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear yellow color with a thin head and nice lacing. Very citrusy smell. The taste is citrus fruit, especially grapefruit. Pleasant bitterness and piney after taste. This is Avery good IPA. Goes well with pizza!

 251 characters

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very attractive, crystal clear, pale gold. Soft, white, bubbly but sparse head with minimal retention and lacing. Smell is phenomenal. Citrus and pine, dankness, little bit of biscuity cracker, and just a touch of onion. The taste is crisp and bright, but much more mellow than the smell. Pine and grass, some bitter citrus, very clean with just a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Feel is medium and resiny with just the right amount of carbonation. Really like this beer, but with a slightly more pronounced flavor profile it would be a favorite.

 559 characters

Photo of ksimons
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-a clear light orange color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a layer of lacing around the top

S-smell is very nice, caramel, citrus, and tropical fruits

T-taste is similar to the smell, citrus, tropical fruits, light caramel, and a piney hop bitterness in the finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a very good IPA, nice amount of hops and tropical fruits, highly recommended

 407 characters

Photo of spacecake9
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick finger of white head.
S - Aroma is a little citrus, a little piney.
T - Different. Muted grapefruit on the front end, very light on malt in the middle, resiny and a little bitter on the finish. Not nearly as bitter as I expected.
M - I will call this light bodied without sacrificing flavor.
O - Very happy with this one. Very balanced, easy drinking. My first beer from Alpine and I like it.

 443 characters

Photo of thebeers
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally clear light bronze color with three fingers of lasting white head. Grapefruit, orange and pine on the nose. Bitter up front in the taste, and lighter on the backside, with grapefruit rind lingering in the aftertaste. Not much malt to speak of. Light bodied. Not bad, but unlike some of their others, I don't find Duet worth the high price point.

 364 characters

Photo of Cfred371
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the Green Flash bottled and brewed version, best by June 2016
Look: The beer pours an amber color with white/off white head, not too many carbonation bubbles popping up. The beer is pretty translucent.

Smell: I got some earthiness, and some citrus, maybe orange, maybe passion fruit?

Taste: The citrus portion of the beer hits first and gets a bit more resinous in the middle and end of the beer.

Feel: The beer is fairly dry, and has a fair amount of bitterness. Very nice.

Overall: I like this offering more than the Hoppy Birthday. If you see a bottle i'd suggest giving it a shot.

 606 characters

Photo of glass_house
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint

Pours a deep medium gold. Slightly hazy with two fingers of fluffy white head and plenty of sticky lacing. Smell is a robust bouquet of tropical fruits, citrus and pine.

Taste is dominated by pine resin, as the fruit takes a backseat. Very bitter throughout with a clean dry finish. Not quite as complex as the nose implied, but excellent nonetheless. On the light side of medium-bodied with crisp lively carbonation.

Top notch IPA, especially when craving something on the more bitter side.

 533 characters

Photo of MA_hops
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, golden orange in color with a thin head that dissipated fairly rapidly.
S: Pine, very tropical, grapefruit and pineapple.
T: Similar to nose, slight grapefruit like bitterness, tropical notes galore.
M: Medium carbonation, slight dry/bitter finish.
O: Another really good IPA. Reminded me of Firestone Walker's "Union Jack".

 334 characters

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is yet another great offering from these guys. I wish these beers would be cheaper. Can't beat the beer tho. Great bitterness and hop joy with citrus and floral tastes being most prominent. Has that alpine smoothness.

 222 characters

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden yellow with clarity, 1 finger of head, and some sticky lace left on the glass

S - Pine hops, grapefruit, tangerine, oranges.

T - Citrus notes, tropical fruit, pine hops, hidden ABV

F - Medium body, heavy carbonation,

O - A tasty DIPA.

 252 characters

Photo of Stolenface1
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden/orange with frothy off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pine, melon, mango, floral & herbal. Flavor matches the aroma with a slightly sweet malty backbone which includes bisquit and cracker. Not extremely bitter for a west coast IPA, somewhat juicy, and the Amarillo hops definitely stand out. I hate to call an IPA "balanced", because the style is just the opposite of balance, but FOR and IPA, this is vary well balanced. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, slightly sweet, but finishes somewhat dry. That may also be contradictory. Overall a very drinkable IPA. I would drink this again for sure.

 644 characters

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemon, citrus, pine, toasted, biscuity, cracker, and caramel malts.

Taste: Pretty nice hop flavor with nice malt bill, light chewy, and light bitterness. Pretty crushable and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, lightly lightly bitterness, medium carbonation, light to medium bodied, slightly chewy, and crushable.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. So good that I grabbed a few more.

 677 characters

Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass
best by 3.17.16
pours gold to orange small white head faded fast, cloudy , head left lots of lace on glass
smells of pine hops floral and somewhat sweet
taste floral and hops first and foremost then a little resin, finish is dry with a bitter aftertaste
feel medium body effervescent
solid overall

 335 characters

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Lake and Irving. L: Pours copper gold with a light haze under a 1” clingy cream colored foam cap that persists through the entire drink.

S: Herbal aromas laced with citrus, pine and a hint of mint. Light malt in the background.

T: A good balance of herbal citrus pine resin and melon on a moderate malt backbone.

F: Medium body and carbonation.

O: This is new in town and very welcome. My son-in-law and I finished off the keg.

 452 characters

Photo of OldManMetal
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Duet is a crystal-clear deep gold beer with a large (albeit brief-lived) slightly pebbly ivory head that leaves good bands and caverns of lacing. The aroma is medium-big: a very nice blend of grapefruit, sweet/spicy florals and more subdued citrus and pine notes, with a hint of alcohol riding atop everything. Up front, the palate is bitter pineapple with hints of citrus; by mid-palate, the citrus notes have attained a greater presence and a slight IPA soapiness has emerged. Bitterness builds to a style-moderate level; a significant bready malt character provides some balance. The finish is dry and clean, showing just a flash of cedar, followed by the onset of a moderate grassy bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light-medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and nicely peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. This is a solid IPA. (22 oz bottle, 153 days before best-by)

 928 characters

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear gold body with a huge white head left thick tight rings.
S - Citrus, mango, and pine. A great hop combo.
T - Follows the nose. A little more pronounced on the pine resin. Balanced nicely by the light malt.
M - Medium-light body, medium carb. Dries the palate.
O - An excellent brew. Very happy that Alpine is now in MA. A little pricey, but well worth it. Seek this one out.

 387 characters

Photo of JustinCider
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this over the summer on tap along with Nelson, but didn't review. This time from a bottle.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a foamy white head that leaves some generous lacing.

S: Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, pine sap and sweet malt on the nose.

T: Orange leads the flavor parade followed by the sweetness from the malt and some piney notes on the end. Long lasting pleasant, mildly bitter finish.

M: Full and smooth

O: A great pairing of two of my favorite hops. Not quite as good as it was on tap, but still very impressive. I will buy more of this if I can find it and share with others. A must try for hopheads. "

 636 characters

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 4,219 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!